The fundamentals of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics will be summarized to lay a foundation for understanding more advanced concepts in relativistic quantum mechanics and scattering theory. Dirac’s elegant notation is used to highlight the orthogonality and completeness properties of eigenstates of physical observables and to stress the importance of transformation theory through the use of Dirac transformation coefficients and unitary operators. The Schrödinger equation is embedded in a unitary time translation operator, and the Schrödinger, Heisenberg, and Dirac-interaction pictures are reviewed. Notation conventions and units are also discussed in this introductory chapter.


Unitary Operator Unitary Transformation Infinitesimal Generator Interaction Picture Relativistic Quantum Mechanic 
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  • Michael D. Scadron
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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